Eriksson wins, Norris misses title chance

Eriksson wins, Norris misses title chance

24 September 2017 – Joel Eriksson survived contact with Lando Norris to secure victory in the final race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring, while Norris missed the chance to wrap up the F3 title after a last-lap collision with Ralf Aron.

Norris had been set to clinch the crown in Austria, despite a brush with Eriksson, as sole rival Maximilian Günther, who need to out-score the Briton by eight points, held only a low-key eighth.

However, Norris, struggling with front wing damage after his contact with Eriksson, was hit by Aron under braking for Turn 4, causing both to retire, with their exit elevating Günther into sixth place.

Günther, in turn, was promoted one spot more into fifth due to a time penalty for Joey Mawson, and as a result remains in title contention, 72 points behind Norris, with 75 still up for grabs.

Norris had challenged pole-sitter Eriksson on the opening lap and they ran side-by-side into Turn 4 next time around, almost interlocking wheels as they duelled along the straight.

Norris remained within touching distance throughout and the pair battled during the closing stages, only for Norris to run into the back of his rival on the approach to Turn 5 as they contested the lead.

Eriksson continued untroubled, and ultimately bagged his sixth win of the year, but Norris suffered front wing damage in the incident and lost pace, and subsequently dropped away from his Motopark rival.

Norris clung on to second against Aron but the Hitech driver challenged the Briton on the approach to Turn 4 on the last lap, only for them to clash under braking, with both sent off into the gravel.

Norris still would have wrapped up the title had Günther placed seventh or lower, but the collision, allied with Mawson's penalty, meant the Prema driver gained three spots on the last lap, keeping him in contention.

The late drama promoted Ferdinand Habsburg to second, but a time penalty relegated him to fourth, in turn elevating Nikita Mazepin and Honda protégé Tadasuke Makino, the latter taking his first podium in Formula 3.

The aforementioned Günther classified fifth, Jehan Daruvala was sixth, ahead of the sanctioned Mawson, Mick Schumacher, David Beckmann and Marino Sato.

Championship standings:

1. Lando Norris - 411 points.
2. Maximilian Günther - 339 points
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3. Joel Eriksson - 333 points

The final round of the season will take place at Hockenheim on October 14-15

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